Using newer iPods with older OS X versions
Ask iLounge offers readers the opportunity to get answers to their iPod-, iPhone-, iPad-, iTunes-, or Apple TV-related questions from a member of the iLounge editorial team. We'll answer several questions here each week, and of course, you can always get help with more immediate concerns from the iLounge Discussion Forums. Submit your questions for consideration using our Ask iLounge Submit Form. We reserve the right to edit questions for grammar, spelling, and length.
Q: tried connecting our new iPod to our old eMac running Jaguar and the disk on the iPod is showing up on the desktop but our version 4 of iTunes does not see the iPod. We cannot update to new iTunes as it requires OX 10.4 or later. Is there a way to put folders on the iPod disk that iPod will see in the iPod menu?
A: Unfortunately, if the new iPod you’re referring to is one of the 2007 models, you will not be able to use this on older versions of Mac OS X. The new iPod models require iTunes 7.4 or later in order to be recognized at all. Further, although iTunes 7.4/7.5 will run on OS X 10.3.9, the system requirements on Apple’s specs page for the new iPod models themselves list OS X 10.4.8 as the minimum operating system requirement.
The iPod itself doesn’t simply read the music files, but requires that any content added to it be listed in an internal database on the iPod, which it uses to reference the actual content. This means that iPod-specific software such as iTunes is a requirement to load content onto an iPod.
There have traditionally been a number of third-party iPod software applications that allowed management of iPod content outside of iTunes, however some of these require newer versions of Mac OS X also, and many of these have not yet been updated to provide support for the new 2007 model iPod devices, which do not use a backward-compatible iPod database.
Further, many of the traditional third-party iPod management applications are Windows-based, rather than Mac-based. As of this writing, the only third-party tool we’re aware of that supports the new iPod classic and nano (video) models, and works on older versions of OS X is YamiPod (freeware, http://www.yamipod.com). Note that we have not specifically tested whether or not this would be supported on Jaguar (OS X 10.2).
A catalog of other third-party applications for Mac OS X can be found on our Third-Party iPod Software Page, although it should be noted that many of these have not been updated for the newer iPod models. More comprehensive discussion on the available options can also be found in the Third Party Software forum, in our iLounge Discussion Forums.
- Will removing a credit card from Safari also remove it from Apple Pay?
- Can I mute Handoff calls coming into my Mac from my iPhone?
- How do I keep my iPhone calls from ringing on my Mac?
- Why doesn’t Traffic show up on my Today Notifications Screen?
- Why doesn’t my iPhone reconnect to Wi-Fi after I turn it on?
- Why can’t I see the iPad-style landscape view on my iPhone 6 Plus?
- Apple Store app update allows purchases from Apple Watch
- Apple releases fifth beta of iOS 10.2 to developers
- Apple reveals cause of unexpected iPhone 6s shutdowns
- Report: 99 percent of fake Apple chargers found to be unsafe
- Apple offering battery replacements for iPhone 6s models with ‘unexpected shutdown issues’ (Updated)
- Report: Fitbit to acquire Pebble
- Apple releases statement on iCloud Calendar spam
- Apple sending out drones to improve Maps data, adding interior building maps
- Tim Cook allegedly tells customer AirPods to ship in ‘next few weeks’
- Apple Pay reportedly launching in Spain tomorrow
- iHome iZBT10 Zenergy Bedside Sleep Therapy Speaker
- Twelve South HiRise Duet for Apple Watch and iPhone
- IK Multimedia iLoud Micro Monitor
- JBL Under Armour Sport Wireless Heart Rate Headphones
- Edifier e235 Luna E Speaker System
- Clamcase ClamCase+ for 9.7” iPad Pro
- Scosche BoomBottle H2O+ Waterproof Wireless Speaker
- Thermos Connected Hydration Bottle with Smart Lid
- Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones
- Creative iRoar Go Portable Bluetooth Speaker
- Top Five: The Best Products for Building a Smart Home with HomeKit
- Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of watchOS 3
- Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of tvOS 10
- Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of iOS 10
- Inside the betas: iOS 10 Photos gets Advanced Computer Vision
- Inside the betas: iOS 10 Music app delivers ‘clarity and simplicity’
- Inside the betas: iOS 10 Maps gets a major redesign
- Inside the betas: iOS 10 shakes up the user experience
- Inside the betas: watchOS 3 promises a real speed boost
- Inside the betas: A sneak peek at what’s new in tvOS 10